Sunday, December 23, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Here's another photo of Anne. She's so beautiful! I did want to tell you all that her tests went well. They are almost positive that everything is perfectly fine. They still want to do an MRI, but that won't be for a while and it's just to confirm their current diagnosis - it's just some extra tissue that won't be an issue. If it doesn't ever bother Anne, she'll probably always have it. Great news! Thanks for praying.
If you want to see more pictures, go to her album at http://picasaweb.google.com/melodiebooton/Anne.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Well, here she is, the one we all been waiting for, our new baby, Anne Cecilia Booton.
Anne was born on Saturday November 3, 2007 at 5:33pm. She weighed 8 pounds, and 13 ounces. She was born with a bump on her back which needs to be removed, but the doctors have to find out what it is first. It could be serious. The doctors have stated that it is most likely a cyst but they will need to check to make certain it is not pushing spinal fluid into the brain. We have an appointment for a sanogram tomorrow. Please, pray she'll be alright.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
By Barbara Mayer, OSB
I hide chaos in the closets of my mind,
fearing to reveal my inner turmoil,
my lack of order, my inability to control
the frayed edges of my anxieties.
When confusion and turbulence
upset the smooth tempo of my life
I wear the facade of pseudo peace,
unaware of burgeoning new life
pushing through worn-out securities
Just as the universe evolves with both
order and turbulence, I too must embrace
the tsunamic upheavals of my life,
knowing they contain unlimited
opportunities for transformation.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
I'm currently reading Richard Foster's book Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith. And of course with the baby coming soon, pretty much everything in my life says something about children, family, parenting, those sorts of things (some books say it's hormonal and there's nothing I can do about it!).
Anyway, so in the introduction of the book, he's talking about the Incarnational Tradition - the tradition that says that every part of your life is sacred; you can't separate your religious life from your secular life. Here, he's talking about Jesus' childhood and the fact that we are told very little about it.
And while I know that Foster is not saying that Joseph and Mary taught Jesus all he knew about God (he was divine, too, after all) I thought it was such an interesting take on how important parenting is. If they were that important in the life of the Son of God, how much more important are today's parents in the lives of our children?
We are given very little information about those growing-up years, but what we are given is highly suggestive. Not suggestive in the fanciful "sandbox miracles" kind of way that some have used to fill in those hidden years. No, suggestive in a much more ordinary way. But precisely because it is ordinary, it is all the more helpful to us....Most instructive of all is the simple comment of Luke after Joseph and Mary had found Jesus in the temple: "Then [Jesus] went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them" (Luke 2:51).
A whole world is carried in that unadorned observation that Jesus was "obedient to them." Jesus grew up under the tutelage of his parents, Joseph and Mary. And while Joseph is not heard from again, we can be confident that Jesus learned the carpentry trade from him and worked in that trade until he began his public rabbinic ministry at roughly the age of thirty.
We would do well to ponder those years Jesus spent as a carpenter working in what we today would call a blue-collar job. Where do you imagine Jesus learned to walk in perfect harmony with his heavenly Father? Where do you suppose he learned to "give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you" (Matt. 5:42)? Where do you imagine he came to experience such a life of single-minded devotion to God that he knew that "no one can serve two masters" (Matt. 6:24)? Where, I ask you, did he learn such a deep, intimate life of prayer that he could confidently teach us, "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened" (Matt. 7:7)? Where do you think he learned to live out the words, "In everything do to others as you would have them do to you" (Matt. 7:12)? Where did he learn all these things and so much more? I will tell you where. He learned them in his carpentry work and at home with his parents and his brothers and sisters. Jesus did not all of a sudden one day start spouting nice sayings about God. No, when he began his public ministry, he was speaking out of a life that had been tested and tried. He had proven the teachings to be true over and over again as he sawed wood and assemble chairs and built cabinets.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Seth, my brother, moved to Oklahoma City. Seems like he's having a good time and adjusting well. We're very excited for him.
I moved the living room furniture. I love moving furniture! I probably shouldn't have done it by myself, but I wanted it done before Ben got back. It like it, but it still needs a little tweaking. I bought material to cover pillows for the couch, and redo the antique rocker and the dining room chairs, and I'm very excited about it! I'm going to start on part of that tonight.
Ben got back Sept 6. It's soooo nice to have him home. He's back in school, so he's extra busy, so we haven't done anything really cool, but it's great.
My aunt and uncle came and stayed with us for 3 days last week. They're missionaries, so we don't get to see them very often, so it was nice to visit with them. And my dad had meetings in KC last week, so he was with us all week. That was good, too. My mom didn't come as planned since we thought my sister would have her baby.
Speaking of which, my sister had a little girl, Rebecca, on Saturday night! Very exciting. They went home from the hospital today and are doing very well.
The weather cooled off today! It definitely feels like fall which is great! And just the anticipation of that was enough to make me want to bake on Sunday! So I made this great pumpkin pie cake. Here's the recipe. It was pretty easy and everyone loved it.
And I used the word proclivity in a normal conversation today. Without trying - it just came out. I had to stop the conversation and comment on it, it was so much fun. I love using big words. :)
And I think that pretty much gets you caught up. At least on the short version. Happy Fall!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Ben is doing well. He really likes his tutor. He's learning a lot, but not always getting his homework done. He loves the cool weather! He had a bit of altitude sickness when he first got there, but he's doing better now. He's taken lots of pictures; so when he sends them to me then I'll post some. He was supposed to go to an art museum on Monday, but it rained, so they didn't go. I hope he goes later. And I love technology. I don't know how I'd do it otherwise. We've e-mailed or chatted or talked every day he's been gone. Yesterday we figured out how to do the webcam/microphone Skype call. It's great.
This weekend is a family reunion. We leave on Thursday.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Thanks to Sarah for that quote!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Good news! We worked at how to rearrange the bedrooms to include baby things and I think it won't be as hard as I originally thought! It was actually pretty fun. Ben measured everything and we made a 2-d scale model of the bedrooms with furniture so that we could move everything around and "experience" different ways without actually moving furniture. So much more fun than the online version. I get so tired of doing things on the computer. Feeling something with my fingers is so much better. :)
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
And now my dad is here for two weeks doing doctoral work at NTS. It's been kinda nice. We've never spent just a lot of time alone, so it's been fun.
Ben and I took a picnic today. I just wanted to leave the house. He just wanted peace and quiet. So we ended up at Loose Park. Ate our picnic in the shade and then just laid there. There was a nice breeze. It was great. And we found out there's a spray park at Loose Park! Isn't that cool? There were quite a few kids there today. Ben loves water and thought it looked like fun. I told Ben, once we have our baby, no one will look at him weird for going to places like that. But for this summer, he'll have to borrow a kid or two. :) He might just do it. Side note: I really hope our kids aren't as scared of water as I am. It's kind of annoying.
I really love fireflies! I can see tons from my back deck.
Okay, I'm determined not to make all my posts as long as that one just a little bit ago. So I'll go!
Friday, May 18, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Ben and I renovated the spare room closet. It's great! And it didn't really take much longer than we thought it would. We pretty much finished it in one day - Saturday. But the aftermath (the cleaning up and rearranging) took most of the day Monday. I did find time to go to the thrift store for their half off sale, though. I found lots of maternity clothes for my sister Julie. Did I mention she is pregnant? Not too many things for me (except 2 new purses - which if you know me - I don't need! I just have a fetish. :)) Mom found about 5 pairs of pants. She's always so lucky!
My mom and brother came on Monday for a denominational conference. It was from Monday night through Wednesday night. The seminars we went to were great. Ben and I are really excited about starting a marriage ministry at Trinity. And the weather was great! in the 60s all three days.
Thursday I was so tired! I slept late and went to bed early. :) And between those two things I had tea with Tamara. That was nice. I didn't have time to do that the week before.
Friday I substitute taught a special ed class. It wasn't that hard. There were a lot fewer of them, so I got to spend more time with each one which is nice since at heart I am a one-on-one kind of teacher.
And today I am sick. Ben's flu finally caught up with me. Must have been the 4 days of too little sleep. Oh well. I'm just glad it waited till after my family left. Unless I'm remarkably better tomorrow, though, I'll miss church. which would be the first time I've missed church cause I'm sick since we moved to KC - 6 years ago. Not a bad track record.
Okay, gotta go back to bed. The medicine's wearing off....
Monday, February 12, 2007
Okay, I'm still here. Finished a very cute baby hat last week. Now I'm working on a baby blanket for the same baby. When I've finished it, I'll take a picture for you guys. I think it's my favorite blanket yet. This may be my favorite Valentine's Day, too. Ben and I will actually be able to celebrate on an actual holiday. Since I quit my job (we'll celebrate in the morning cause he's still working the holiday). It's great. It's what normal people do. I got a great surprise this morning when my college roommate called me. We talked for an hour. It was very nice to catch up with her. And one of my friends here is going to collaborate with me and do the once-a-month cooking thing. two weeks for her, two weeks for me. We're very excited! We've both really wanted to try it. So we'll do one set and see how we like it. I think we're going to cook next Monday since she'll be off for President's Day. I love the idea of just having to take something out of the freezer and cook it. I'm thinking it may be one of those things that sounds like a great idea but turns out to be much different than the picture in your mind. But we'll see. Cause it sounds like it will be great. And we're going to get 2-4 inches of snow tonight. It's about time for warmer weather, ya know? :) Tulips are out in the stores. I love tulips, but it means that it's supposed to be getting warmer!
Monday, February 05, 2007
Then Saturday I baked a marvelous mixed berry pie to take to a friends house for dinner. We had lots of fun. I also baked dinner and dessert for friends of mine that just had a baby. I cooked all day! Which of course was great, since I love to cook.
Then Sunday after church instead of watching the Super Bowl, I watched girly movies and read a cookbook (The 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook - fascinating! I was really surprised by house much still applies today and how much I actually learned.) and crocheted. I started this really pretty, frilly baby hat. It's my first thing to do with a really small hook. It's not as hard as I thought it would be. It just goes really slowly since the stitches are really small. Tonight I'm going to teach two girlfriends how to make the winter hats I've been making. And watch Heroes. It will be my first time, but they're both very into the show.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Ben and I had a great holiday season. Went to Lincoln to see his family before Christmas. Went to Texas to see my family after New Years. Had a great time both places. I spent most of December finishing a sweater I crocheted my mother for Christmas. Hardest thing I've made yet! But it turned out wonderfully! I was very happy with it. But now I'm taking a break from hard things! I made a scarf, and now I'm on a hat craze. I've made 4. They're so fast and easy! And they're a great way to finish up yarn left over from other projects.
Because of Ben's job, we've spent several Christmases by ourselves, but I think maybe this was the best one. First we had some friends over for a formal Christmas lunch. Then I had a party for "orphans." It turns out that quite a few of our friends couldn't go home to family this year either. So I had a party! We watched Christmas movies, did crafts, and ate lots of food. It was great fun!
And now it's been sleeting and snowing for 3 days. So I'm home crocheting hats. I'm moving on to dishcloths tonight. I've decided. I'm done with hats. And hopefully I'm done with being such a blogger slouch. :)